“You’re not gonna give up:” Inspiring wheelchair athlete sees disability as blessing

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Rugby is a rough sport played by tough athletes. But imagine having a disability and playing rugby in a wheelchair.

In the world of quad rugby, a sport that incorporates elements of wheelchair-basketball, ice hockey, handball and rugby union — needless to say, it’s a contact sport.

“You have be impaired with four limbs to play quad rugby. You can be an amputee on both arms and your legs,” said Brian Muniz, quad rugby player.

The members of the Milwaukee Iron quad rugby team are among the fiercest competitors you’ll ever see. And they’ll never allow a disability to keep them on the sidelines.

“The higher you are the more impairment you have. The lower you go in your spinal chord, the more ability you have,” said Muniz.

15 years ago, Brian Muniz was shot while defending himself during a car jacking. Somehow he sees it as a blessing.

“It sounds crazy, but really it was the best thing that happened to me. It just changed my life. From being a 25-year-old guy that really didn’t give a darn about anybody, to somebody that really has to think about family and health and life and not take it for granted. So it’s really opened my eyes, and only thing you can’t do is stairs,” said Muniz.

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